Mass. Maritime’s Phillips Earns NEFW Division II/III Gold Helmet Award

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Massachusetts Maritime Academy tailback Richie Phillips earned this week’s NEFW Division II-III Gold Helmet Award. (PHOTO CREDIT: Mass. Maritime Academy Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

Following an impressive showing against Maine Maritime Academy last weekend, Massachusetts Maritime Academy senior tailback Richie Phillips earned this week’s Division II-III Gold Helmet, which was presented by the New England Football Writers and Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation.

Phillips, who received the prestigious award this afternoon at the weekly New England Football Writers Luncheon at Harvard University, recorded a career-high 146 yards on  on 25 carries, while registering a pair of scores, including a 31-yard touchdown reception at the end of the first half.

Prior to earning today’s prestigious award,  Phillips earned a spot on this week’s Noontime Sports Honor Roll, which was posted on Tuesday, September 19th.

The Buccaneers’ 34-25 win helped the squad secure the Admiral’s Cup for the first time since 2014. And according to today’s release, Massachusetts Maritime has now won five of the last seven meetings against Main Maritime, dating back to the 2011 season.

Through two games this season, Phillips has rushed for 196 yards on 48 carries and three touchdowns, while recording two catches for 45 yards. His catch this past weekend – the 31-yard touchdown reception – is the longest reception he has recorded this season.

Prior to earning today’s Division II-III Gold Helmet Award, Phillips’ teammate George Lampros was named this week’s Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Football Special Teams Player of the Week. Lampros concluded last week’s contest with a pair of field goals (34 and 39 yards out) – both kicks were his first, as noted in Sunday’s release – while converting four extra points.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy will begin conference play this Saturday, September 23rd when they visit Framingham State for the annual Kelley Cup. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m.

D3 Football Notebook: NESCAC Quarterbacks Impressive In First Week

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Middlebury College quarterback Jared Lebowitz tossed three touchdowns in his team’s season-opening win over Wesleyan. (Photo Credit: Middlebury College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

The third week of the Division III football season saw some impressive quarterback performances, including a few from the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), which officially began its season last Saturday, September 16th.

Three NESCAC quarterbacks concluded the first week with four touchdowns, while three student-athletes tossed two scores. Middlebury’s Jared Lebowitz was the lone NESCAC quarterback to throw three touchdowns – his final score came in the middle of the fourth quarter, which provided the hosts with a 17-point advantage (30-13) with 9:17 remaining.

Middlebury hung onto defeat Wesleyan, 30-27, thanks to its defense down the stretch.

One of the three student-athletes to toss a pair of scores in his team’s opening day win was Williams’ Bobby Maimaron, who concluded his first collegiate game with 283 passing yards. Maimaron recorded his first collegiate touchdown pass in the opening minutes of the second quarter with a 93-yard strike to Frank Stola – the 93-yard pass was the longest heave by any of the 10 NESCAC signal-callers.

Amherst quarterback Ollie Eberth, who was one of three student-athletes to toss four touchdowns, recorded a 75-yard touchdown pass to Craig Carmilani in the third quarter, which provided the Mammoths with a 27-3 lead. Amherst would go onto capture its first game by defeating Bates, 41-17.

Wesleyan’s Mark Piccirillo did not throw a 70 or 90-yard pass, but did conclude his team’s initial contest with four scores and 432 passing yards. And 15 of his 39 completions were hauled in by Mike Breuler, who is currently second in the league with three touchdown receptions. Hamilton’s Joe Schmidt currently leads all NESCAC receives with four touchdown receptions.

We’ll certainly be keeping an eye on all of these student-athletes this week when they return to the gridiron on Saturday, September 23rd. The NESCAC will feature five games this weekend, including a 6 p.m. kick-off between Tufts and Wesleyan – the game will be played at Wesleyan.

Another big NESCAC game to watch this week is Amherst at Hamilton – this could be a battle of two great offenses, especially from what we saw in the opening week. Hamilton recorded 28 points in his season-opening setback to Tufts, while Amherst tallied 41 points against Bates.

SUNY Maritime’s Matthew Murphy Eclipse 100-point Plateau: For the third-straight week, the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) honored SUNY Maritime’s kicker Matthew Murphy as the Special Teams Player of the Week. As noted in Tuesday’s press release, this is the seventh time Murphy has been honored by the ECFC for his kicking.

Additionally, Murphy was tabbed the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III South Region Special Teams Player of the Week for the second consecutive week after booting a career-long 48 yard field, while connecting on five extra point attempts in his team’s seven-point (38-31) win over Merchant Marine.

As noted in today’s release, Murphy is now the program’s third kicker (and seventh student-athlete) to record 100 points or more in his career.

According to the latest NCAA Division III Football statistics, Murphy is tied for seventh in the country in field goals per game (two) and 32nd in field goal percentage (.857).

In addition to Murphy, wide receiver Brandonn Drumgole was named this week’s ECFC Offensive Player of the Week after hauling in 13 receptions for the second-straight week – the 13 receptions in back-to-back weeks are both program records. Drumgole also established a new single-game receiving record of 164 yards against Merchant Marine – he also caught two touchdowns in his team’s seven-point win to bump his season total to five scores.

Program Note: Make sure to circle back later this week for our weekly 10 Games to Watch post, which does include some non-New England teams, as well as a brad new Football Friday Podcast. The Football Friday Podcast is a brand new podcast we started prior to kick-off this season that highlights the various teams, coaches and student-athletes we cover. 

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New England & Northeast D3 Football Honor Roll (Tuesday, Sept. 19th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

With another week of New England (and Northeast) D3 Football in the books, it is time to dish out our weekly honor roll.

PROGRAM NOTE: We will return to posting our weekly honor roll every Monday, beginning next week, but this week we’re posting it on a Tuesday, so enjoy! 

As always, feel free to submit student-athletes for our weekly honor roll by sending us a tweet (@NoontimeSports) or email (NoontimeSports@gmail.com). 

OFFENSE 

Dexter Andrews (Worcester State): Andrews rushed for 134 yards on 21 carries, while hauling in one catch for 21 yards in his team’s 42-26 win over Fitchburg State.

Abbi Bamgbose (UMass Dartmouth): Against Westfield State, Bamgbose led all receivers with eight catches for 198 yards and two scores.

Hunter Belzo (Springfield): Belzo rushed for 106 yards on 10 carries and two scores as the Pride defeated Mount Ida last Saturday.

Timel Benton (Gallaudet): Benton completed 12 of 23 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 28 yards on eight carries. His longest pass of the day was a 72-yard touchdown pass to Joell Dixon.

Jevon Brown-Simpson (Fitchburg State): In his team’s initial MASCAC clash of the season, Brown-Simpson tallied 105 yards on 19 carries and one score, while recording one catch for 36 yards against Worcester State.

Mike Breuler (Wesleyan): Breuler was quite impressive in his team’s season-opener, hauling in a game-high 15 receptions for 178 yards and three scores. His longest reception was a 52-yard touchdown.

Austin Calamita (Western Conn. State): Against Plymouth State, Calamita hauled in a game-high six receptions for 132 yards and one score.

Max Chipouras (Trinity): In his team’s season-opener against Colby, Chipouras rushed for 131 yards on 15 carries for two scores. His longest run of the day was an 82 yard burst.

Alex Corvese (Curry): Corvese amassed 274 yards through the air and on the ground, while recording a pair of scores with his feet and arm, which helped Curry defeat Anna Maria to improve to 3-0. Corvese completed nine of 14 passes for 183 yards, while rushing for 91 yards on six carries.

Corey Creeger (Maine Maritime Academy): Creeger amassed 369 yards through the air and on the ground in his team’s setback to Massachusetts Maritime Academy last Saturday. Creeger rushed for 209 yards on 41 carries for three scores, while completing six of 12 passes for 160 yards.

James Dawson (Salve Regina): Dawson enjoyed another solid day on the ground, rushing for 117 yards on 26 carries and two scores as the Seahawks soared past Dean College for its third-straight win.

Joel Dixon (Gallaudet): Dixon led all receiver last Saturday in his team’s setback to Union College with 132 yards on three receptions and one score. His longest reception of the day was a 72 yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter.

Brandon Drumgole (SUNY Maritime): Drumgole led all receivers last Saturday in his team’s game against USMMA by hauling in 13 receptions for 164 yards and two touchdowns.

Ollie Eberth (Amherst): Against Bates, Eberth completed nine of 16 passes for 210 yards and four touchdowns. His longest pass was a 75 yard touchdown strike to Craig Carmilani in the opening minutes of the third quarter.

Zack Edwards (Plymouth State): Edwards accounted for four scores, including three through the air as the Panthers suffered their initial setback of the season against Western Connecticut State. Edwards completed 18 of 43 passes for 205 yards, while rushing for 28 yards on two carries.

Quinn Fleeting (Western Conn. State): Fleeting completed 30 of 39 passes for 411 yards and three touchdowns as the Colonials moved to 2-0 on the season.

Stephen Gacioch (UMass Dartmouth): Gacioch was quite impressive last Saturday against Westfield State as he tossed four touchdown passes, while competing 14 of 21 passes for 264 yards.

Kenny Gray (Hamilton): Against Tufts, Gray completed 22 of 44 passes for 365 yards and four scores in last weekend’s season-opening setback. Gray’s final touchdown with 4:20 remaining in the fourth helped the Continentals extend the contest to overtime.

Udgam Goyal (MIT): Against Endicott, Goyal racked-up 327 yards of total offense, including 248 yards through the air. Goyal completed 16 of 27 passes and tossed two touchdowns, while rushing for 79 yards on six carries and one score.

Moe Harris (Castleton): Harris helped the Spartans capture the Maple Sap Bucket last Saturday by rushing for 149 yards on 35 carries and two scores, while hauling in one catch for 16 yards. Harris also completed one pass for 11 yards, too.

Chris Haggerty (Mass. Maritime Academy): Haggerty completed 20 of 39 passes for 226 yards and three scores, while rushing for 16 yards on two carries, which helped the Buccaneers claim their initial win of the season over Maine Maritime Academy.

Connor Harris (Williams): Harris was quite impressive against Bowdoin, rushing for 103 yards on 12 carries and one score as the Ephs won its season-opener against the Polar Bears.

Travon Holder (Westfield State): Holder highlighted the Owls’ outing against UMass Dartmouth by rushing for 156 yards on 27 carries and three scores.

Jared Lebowitz (Middlebury): Lebowitz and the Panthers scored an impressive opening day win over the Cardinals, thanks to his three touchdowns and 352 passing yards (22 of 44).

Bobby Maimaron (Williams): Maimaron enjoyed an impressive collegiate debut by completing 17 of 30 passes for 283 yards and two scores as Williams defeated Bowdoin, 28-14.

Sean McAllen (WPI): McAllen was impressive against Becker, rushing for 119 yards on 25 carries for a pair of scores, while leading the receiving core with three catches for 85 yards and one touchdown in a 38-0 win over the Hawks.

Marcus Mcbean (Mount Ida): Mcbean led the Mustangs’ rushing attack against Springfield by tallying 76 yards on 22 carries and two scores.

Ryan McDonald (Tufts): McDonald enjoyed a solid start to the season, completing 26 of 35 passes for 267 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 92 yards on 20 carries and one score.

Brice Moore (USMMA): Moore recorded 315 yards of total offense, including 173 yards through the air in his team’s setback to SUNY Maritime. Moore completed 13 of 29 passes, while rushing for a game-high 142 yards on 24 carries and one score.

Richie Phillips (Mass. Maritime Academy): Phillips was explosive on the ground against Maine Maritime Academy, rushing for 146 yards on 25 carries for one score. He also recorded one reception for 31 yards and one touchdown in the Buccaneers’ initial win of the season.

Mark Piccirillo (Wesleyan): Piccirillo completed a 39 of 53 passes for 432 yards and four touchdowns in his team’s season-opener against Middlebury.

Alejandro Ros (Catholic): In his team’s second win of the season, Ros completed 14 of 31 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 52 yards on six carries.

Joe Schmidt (Hamilton): Schmitd was quite impressive against Tufts’ defense, tallying 214 yards on eight catches, while catching all four touchdown passes from Kenny Gray.

Frank Stola (Williams): Stola was one of two receivers in Saturday’s game to recorded seven receptions – he also registered 168 receiving yards and two scores. His first touchdown was a 93 yard score in the opening minutes of the second quarter.

Tristan Weathers (Norwich): Weathers lead all receivers last Saturday in the battle for the Maple Sap Bucket by recording four catches for 137 yards and one touchdown.

Lavante Wiggins (Endicott): Against MIT, Wiggins rushed for 116 yards on 27 carries and one score.

Jordan Wilcox (Springfield): Wilcox led all rushers last week at Mount Ida by tallying 107 yards on 21 carries and three scores.

Thomas Wright (SUNY Maritime): Wright was quite impressive last Saturday against USMMA, completing 22 of 45 passes for 323 yards and three touchdowns. His longest pass of the day was a 43-yard pass to Andrew Geni.


DEFENSE 

Latif Armiyaw (Bowdoin): Armiyaw paced the Polar Bears’ defense with 10 total tackles, including eight solo stops, along with a pair of tackles for a loss for 15 yards against Williams last Saturday.

Wesley Becton (Middlebury): Becton led the Panthers’ defense with 11 total tackles, including six solo stops, two tackles for a loss of 24 yards and a pair of forced fumbles.

Brooks Cannell (USMMA): Against SUNY Maritime last Saturday, Cannell recorded 12 total stops, including six solo tackles, one interception (44 yard return) and two pass break-ups.

Luca Cerasani (WPI): Cerasani was quite impressive last Saturday against Becker as he tallied five solo stops, including two sacks, one forced fumble and quarterback hurry. All five of Cerasani’s tackles were tackles for a loss.

Andrew DeNucci (MIT): DeNucci turned in another impressive effort in his team’s second win of the season against Endicott. DeNucci recorded 13 total stops, including 10 assists and one quarterback hurry.

Chris Gemayel (Bridgewater State): Gemayel led all defenders with 12 total stops, including nine solo tackles in his team’s 19-13 setback to Framingham State. Three of his stops were tackles for a loss.

Tyler Hudson (Hamilton): Hudson paced all defenders with 19 total stops, including 14 solo tackles. One-and-a-half of those tackles were a loss of two yards. He also had one fumble recovery in his team’s overtime setback to Tufts.

Kurtis Jolicoeur (Western New England): Jolicoeur turned in an impressive performance against RPI by tallying eight total tackles, including four solo stops, one sack and one forced fumble.

John Lauretti (Alfred State): Against Rochester, Lauretti recorded a team-high 13 total stops, including 11 solo tackles, along with two tackles for a loss for 20 yards and one forced fumble.

Mike Quinn (Worcester State); Quinn turned in an impressive performance against Fitchburg State last Saturday, recording 10 total stops, including eight solo tackles, three tackles for a loss and two pass break-ups and quarterback hurries.

William Rivera (Endicott): Against MIT, Rivera paced the Gulls’ defense with nine total stops, including seven assists and three tackles for a loss of eight yards.

Jakob Trautwein (Castleton): Trautwein was quite impressive last Saturday against Norwich, tallying 14 total stops, including three tackles for a loss and one sack.

Mitch Turley (MIT): Turley was quite impressive last Saturday against Endicott, tallying 13 total stops, including six solo tackles and one pass break-up.

Patrick Vidal (Catholic): Vidal turned in an impressive performance last week against Randolph-Macon, tallying 11 total tackles, including seven solo stops and three sacks (14 yards), one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and one pass break-up.


SPECIAL TEAMS 

Christian Humulock (Springfield): Humulock was a perfect 10-for-10 last Saturday against Mount Ida, connecting on nine extra points, while booting a 33-yard field goal.

George Lampros (Mass. Maritime Academy): Lampros connected on six kicks, including four field goals for 10 points, while recording 136 yards on four punts. He tallied 329 yards on six kickoffs for an average of 54.8 yards per kick in his team’s exciting win over Maine Maritime Academy.

Hunter Lechthaler (Dean): Against Salve Regina, Lechthaler recorded nine punts for 312 yards, including a trio of boots that landed inside the Seahawks’ 20. His longest punt was 51-yards and he also recorded one kick-off for 60 yards.

Mike Morgan (Castleton): Morgan recorded nine boots for 320 yards last Saturday in the battle for the Maple Sap Bucket, including a trio of boots that landed inside the Norwich 20.

Matthew Murphy (SUNY Maritime): Murphy concluded last Saturday’s clash against USMMA with eight points – five extra points and one field goal (48 yards). Murphy also recorded 186 yards on four punts, including one boot that landed inside the USMMA 20, while tallying 414 yards on seven kickoffs with four of those kicks resulting in touchbacks.

Ivy League Football Set To Kick-Off This Weekend

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Ivy League Football returns this weekend with a big match-up looming after the first week between Harvard and Brown at Harvard Stadium. (PHOTO CREDIT: Bleacher Report)

By Bob Whitney (@WhitneyBob)

The Ivy League does things just a tad different. As opposed to the Power 5 conferences, which enter their third week of play, the Ivies get around to starting their 62th football season with a full slate of games this weekend.

All eyes will be on the Princeton Tigers, which claimed its second title in the past four years in 2016, was picked to finish first in the preseason poll.

Harvard, a dominant force in the league over the past decade (six titles) and still smarting from last year’s upset in THE GAME (21-14) to the Yale Bulldogs, joined Princeton as a preseason favorite.

Penn, Yale and Dartmouth figure to contend for the title with Brown, Columbia and Cornell projected to be real long shots.

Harvard opens its 144th season on Saturday (1 p.m.) at Rhode Island (0-2).

The game with the Rams will be the fourth all-time meeting between the two schools. The Crimson won the first game in 1923 at Harvard Stadium, 35-0, and last year, trounced the Rams, 51-21, at Harvard Stadium.

The Crimson has a number of All-Ivy players returning from last year’s squad 7-3 (5-2 Ivy League) which include defensive stalwarts, Luke Hutton, Raishaun McGhee, DJ Bailey, Jake McIntyre, Tanner Lee, Adam Scott and wide receiver Justice Shelton-Mosley.

Shelton-Mosley was a unanimous selection to the All-Ivy League first team last year, with 48 catches for 568 yards and one touchdown.

Defensively, Hutton and Lee will lead the defensive unit that was among the nation’s best in scoring defense and rushing defense in 2016.

Offensively, the Crimson should be in good shape, with experience at the skilled positions in quarterback Joe Viviano and running back Semar Smith along with Shelton-Mosley.

URI is led by quarterback Tyler Harris who has thrown four touchdown passes in their two losses. Last week, in a 35-18 loss to Stony Brook, Harris was 15-of-32 for 185 yards. Wide receivers Aaron Parker and Marven Beauvais will pose a challenge for the Harvard secondary.

Defensively, D.J. Stewart has been a force with a team-high 22 tackles.

Bob’s Prediction: It is the first game for Harvard, but the offense and Shelton-Mosely should have a field day with an under-performing Ram defense in Kingston, Rhode Island. Harvard 42 – URI 10

Next week: Harvard will host Brown in its home opener on Saturday, September 23 with a noon kickoff. The game will be televised on NESN.

Around the Ancient Eight: In other local Ivy action of note, Brown will open their 140th season on Saturday against Bryant University at Brown Stadium. Former Ivy League Player of the Year James Perry, who led Brown to the Ivy title in 1999, is the first year coach at Bryant.

The Ivy League football teams have fared well on opening day with a 49-39 (.557) record over the past 11 seasons (2005-15).

The NFL opened the season with 20 former Ivy Leaguers on NFL rosters (14 on active rosters).

When Harvard faces URI it will mark the 1,303rd varsity football game. The Crimson’s all-time record is 864-388-50 (.683).

Various Ivy League media outlets utilized to compile this report. 

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10 Games To Watch In Week 3 (New England & Northeast)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Happy Friday, New England (and now, Northeast) D3 Football Fans!

This week, we’re dishing out 10 games to watch – short and sweet predictions – as well as a video, courtesy of our friends from In the D3 Football Huddle. Earlier this week, our guy Matt Noonan joined hosts James Baker and Frank Rossi for a lighting round prediction of games to watch this week, including a few non-New England games.

So, without further ado, here is our own “lighting round” version of Games to Watch in Week Three – have an awesome weekend, everyone!

Framingham State at Bridgewater State (Friday, Sept. 15th at 7 p.m.): This is a must-win for the Bears, but a HUGE game for the Rams. Framingham State picked-up a big win last week, defeating Cortland State at home, thanks to its defense. PICK: Framingham State 23, Bridgewater State 17 

Frostburg State at Christopher Newport (Saturday, Sept. 16th at 7 p.m.): Don’t sleep on these Bobcats, who have scored back-to-back wins this season, including a season-opening victory against Stevenson. These Bobcats should continue their offensive success again this weekend against the Captains. PICK: Frostburg State 30, Christopher Newport 21 

Randolph-Macon at Catholic (Saturday, September 16th at 1 p.m.): An impressive week two win over Utica has provided Catholic with some momentum. This week, they face a Randolph-Macon squad that has relied on both its offense and defense to win back-to-back games. This will be a good test for the Cardinals before entering New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play. PICK: Randolph-Macon 28, Catholic 16 

Wesleyan at Middlebury (Saturday, September 16th at 1 p.m.): The Cardinals are one of our teams to watch this fall in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and they should certainly find a way to slow down the Panthers’ passing and running games en route to an opening day win. PICK: Wesleyan 27, Middlebury 14 

Hamilton at Tufts (Saturday, September 16th at 1 p.m.): Coming off their best season in years, these Jumbos enter the 2017 season with optimism, but also some questions, too. Who will step-up at tailback with Chance Brady gone to graduation? That is one question, but we’ll certainly learn more about the Powder Blue and White once the final whistle is sounded. PICK: Tufts 26, Hamilton 21 

Endicott at MIT (Saturday, September 16th at 1 p.m.): Can quarterback Joe Kalosky and the Gulls continue their magic from a week ago? It is certainly possible, but these Gulls will need to find a way to stop MIT’s Andrew DeNucci, who will be a player to watch on defense this week. PICK: Endicott 17, MIT 14 

Brockport at St. John Fisher (Saturday, September 16th at 6 p.m.): Brockport State quarterback Joe Germinerio has been quite impressive this season, but can he continue his success against a solid St. John Fisher squad that is searching for its initial win? We think so! PICK: Brockport State 24, St. John Fisher 17 

Western New England at RPI (Saturday, September 16th at 12 p.m.): This is a BIG game for the Golden Bears, who scored a bounce-back win a week ago against Westfield State. This would be a HUGE win for the Blue and Gold, but RPI has looked extremely impressive the past two weeks. PICK: RPI 27, Western New England 24 

SUNY Maritime at Merchant Marine (Saturday, September 16th at 2 p.m.): SUNY Maritime is proving they can win games in all phases – offense, defense and special teams. They will certainly need every unit to be ready for this one, but Merchant Marine is coming off a bye week, which means Coach Mike Toop‘s squad will be ready to go come kick-off. PICK: Merchant Marine 39, SUNY Maritime 35 

Under The Helmet With Endicott College Quarterback Joe Kalosky

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A last second touchdown pass by Endicott College quarterback Joe Kalosky helped the Gulls score an exciting week two win over Bridgewater State. (PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Noonan/Noontime Sports)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s been an exciting week for the Endicott College sophomore signal-caller Joe Kalosky, who guided his team to an improbable comeback last Saturday against Bridgewater State.

Kalosky’s last second heave – a 31-yard touchdown pass to Sheilan Velazquez – helped the Gulls pick-up their initial win of the season, as well as gain some exciting traction, both on television and social media. Kalosky, along with coach Kevin DeWall, appeared on SportsCenter AM five days ago to discuss the exciting win, which had New England D3 football fans eager for more football this week.

This week, Kalsoky and the Gulls will visit MIT on Saturday, September 16th at 1 p.m. in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The two teams met last season with Endicott claiming a 21-9 win, thanks to the now sophomore quarterback, who completed the game with 145 passing yards, along with a rushing touchdown in the opening session.

Noontime Sports recently caught-up with Kalosky to discuss his team’s exciting week two victory over the Bears of Bridgewater State.

It’s been a few days since your team’s exciting win over Bridgewater State, so tell me what the past few days have been like? 

The weekend was an exciting time for both our school and football program. However, after our Sunday meetings, our team completely shifted our focus to MIT. We’re not dwelling on the past. We are focused on MIT.

Have you ever led a game-winning drive like you did last Saturday in high school or perhaps in the backyard with friends? 

When I played for Holy Cross High School in Waterbury, Connecticut, I had a similar win on Thanksgiving Day during my junior year against Wolcott High School. We received a kickoff after their go-ahead touchdown with about 40 seconds remaining – we were down by five points. We ran a few plays to get in arms distance of the end zone. We snapped the ball with less than 10 seconds left from the 41-yard line. We had a “Big Ben” play designed and ran it perfectly – technically, how it was drawn up. I threw it high and into the end zone and my receiver tapped it backwards to a trailing receiver which one-handed-it and walked into the end zone. We won 39-38.

Here is Kalosky’s game-winning touchdown pass from Thanksgiving Day 2013. 

How does a win like last week help the squad going into not just this week, but the next few weeks? 

I believe last week’s win helped us establish the mentality of never giving up. We played hard from the first to last snap. And its a win that will give us momentum (going forward) – is also a step forward for us in becoming the team we want to be, too.

Heading into this week’s clash with MIT, what are a few things you and the offense must do to be successful? 

Heading into the MIT game (this Saturday, September 16th), we need to clean-up the aspects that we can control (on both sides of the ball). We hurt ourselves offensively too much during the first two weeks, but we have talent and just need to put it all together, so all eleven guys are on the same page.

Who is your all-time favorite quarterback? 

Brett Favre. Growing up, I loved to watch his competitiveness and will to win. He had a strong arm and believed he could make any throw in the game (at any time). I admired his uncharacteristic and spontaneous plays, too. He made something out of nothing and the play was never dead in his mind.

Have you always played quarterback? If not, what other positions did you play growing up? 

Mostly, I have always played quarterback since I was younger, but I did play linebacker on defense.

It is a cliché question, but what do you enjoy most about the sport of football? How has it helped you be successful off the gridiron? 

I enjoy the competitiveness and camaraderie of the sport. Football has helped me be successful off the field by working well and communicating with others along with always having the competitive instinct.

You are majoring in Educational Studies. Tell me why you chose this major and what you hope to do with it after graduation in 2020? 

I chose this major because I want to make a difference in kids’ lives. After graduation, I would like to get a job as a teacher in either a fourth or fifth grade urban area classroom. I would like to help kids that may not have much outside of the classroom and build them up to become a successful person.

Finally, what is your all-time favorite football movie? 

My all-time favorite football movie is Friday Night Lights. This movie came out when I was playing youth football and it painted a picture of what football in my life would be like. This movie prompted me to play football in high school and eventually I made the decision to continue playing football at the collegiate level.

New England & Northeast D3 Football Honor Roll (Monday, September 11th)

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Framingham State’s Quron Wright (2) rushed for 167 yards and one score last Saturday to help the Rams defeat Cortland, 29-14. (PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Noonan/Noontime Sports)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

With the second week of New England D3 Football season in the books, it is time to unveil our first Noontime Sports Honor Roll of the season.

PROGRAM NOTE: Coaches, SID’s and fans are encouraged to submit student-athletes for our weekly honor roll throughout by emailing us at NoontimeSports@gmail.com or sending us a tweet to @NoontimeSports.

Offense

Herbert Acosta (Fitchburg State): Acosta led all receivers with eight receptions for 155 yards, while recording one touchdown against Castleton.

Connor Bourque (Norwich): Bourque rushed for 134 yard and one score in his team’s 17-10 setback to St. Lawrence. Additionally, he recorded 69 yards on four kickoff returns, while averaging 9.0 yards on a pair of punt returns.

Noah Brum (Worcester State): Brum completed 22 of 34 passes for 332 yards and three touchdowns as the Lancers won their first game of the season against Becker.

Brandon Drumgole (SUNY Maritime): Drumgole led all receivers in receptions (13), while concluding his team’s second game of the season with 151 receiving yards and one touchdown.

Evan Cain (Westfield State): Cain led all receivers in receptions (eight) and receiving yards (145). His longest reception resulted in a 40 yard gain.

James Dawson (Salve Regina): Dawson enjoyed another impressive outing on the ground by rushing for 171 yards on 32 carries and one score as the Seahawks defeated Montclair State, 26-20.

Joseph D’Onofrio (Anna Maria): Against Nichols last Friday, D’Onofrio led all rushers with 144 yards on 21 carries, while recording one score.

Zack Edwards (Plymouth State): Edwards enjoyed another impressive game under center, completing 15 of 22 passes for 191 yards and three touchdowns.

Ethan Goldcamp (Coast Guard Academy): Goldcamp completed 32 of 57 passes for 332 yards and two touchdowns, while tossing one interception in his team’s 28-13 setback to Union.

Chris Haggerty (Mass. Maritime Academy): In his team’s first contest of the season, Haggerty tossed three touchdowns – two of those scores landed in the hands of Paul Sances – while completing 20 of 34 passes for 331 yards.

Joe Kalosky (Endicott): Kalosky engineered an improbable comeback late in the fourth quarter that helped the Gulls defeat Bridgewater State for the first time in program history when he connected with Sheilan Velazquez for the game-winning touchdown. The second year signal-caller finished the game with four touchdown passes and 282 passing yards (21-for-38).

Jack Lavanchy (Bridgewater State): Lavanchy led all receivers with seven receptions for 110 yards in his team’s 29-28 setback to Endicott.

Danny McDermott (Salve Regina): McDermott completed 13 of 31 passes for 131 yards and three scores as the Seahawks won its second-straight contest of the season by defeating Montclair State, 26-20. McDermott’s final touchdown in the fourth quarter helped the Seahawks secure an impressive victory.

Alex McLaughlin (Bridgewater State): McLaughlin recorded a pair of scores in his team’s 29-28 setback to Endicott, while concluding the game with 152 yards on 19 carries.

Justin Moffatt (Coast Guard Academy): Moffatt led all receivers with nine receptions, while recording 91 yards and one score in a 28-13 setback to Union.

Dan Orlando (Worcester State): Orlando led all receivers with 117 yards on five receptions as the Lancers captured its initial contest of the season.

Paul Sances (Mass. Maritime Academy): Sances concluded last Friday’s setback to SUNY Maritime with 10 receptions, 226 passing yards and two scores.

Anthony Service (Western New England): Service guided the Golden Bears to their first win of the season by connecting on 19 of 24 passes for 288 yards and four scores.

Riley Shanley (Endicott): Shanley led the Gulls receiving core in receptions (six), yards (99) and touchdown receptions (two).

John Smith (Husson): Against Dean last Saturday, Smith rushed for 159 yards on 28 carries and four scores as the Eagles soared to their second-straight win.

Jacob Szulc (Plymouth State): Szulc hauled in a trio of touchdown passes from Zack Edwards, which helped the Panthers pick-up its second win of the season.

Nelson Valerio (Fitchburg State): Against Castleton last Saturday, Valerio tossed four touchdowns, while completing 19 of 26 passes for 289 yards.

Jordan Wilcox (Springfield): Wilcox was not easy to take down on Saturday as he rushed for 223 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Pride to their second-straight victory.

Quron Wright (Framingham State): Against Cortland, Wright rushed for 167 yards on 20 carries and one touchdown. His longest run of the day was a 65-yard touchdown, which caped a three-play, 76 yard drive.

Defense

Jake Behne (Coast Guard Academy): Behne paced the Bears’ defense with nine total tackles (three solo stops), while recording one interception and one pass break-up in his team’s setback to Union College.

Michael Corinna (Norwich): Against St. Lawerence, Corinna tallied eight total stops, including four solo stops and a trio of pass break-ups. One of his eighth total stops was a tackle for a loss of two yards.

Josh David (Mount Ida): David concluded Saturday’s contest against Plymouth State with 10 total tackles, including three tackles for a loss of nine yards and one sack for a loss six yards.

Andrew DeNucci (MIT): Against Curry, DeNucci tallied 11 total tackles, including a sack and one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of three yards. Eight out of his 11 stops were solo tackles.

Rob DiSanto (MIT): DiSanto stuffed the stat sheet last Friday by recording eight total tackles (seven solo stops), one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Nathan Fleming (Framingham State): Fleming paced the Rams’ defensive unit with 10 total tackles (eight solo stops), one sack for six yards and one interception (five yards).

Colin McCabe (Mass. Maritime Academy): McCabe finished last Friday’s contest with seven total tackles, including six solo stops. Two of his total tackles were sacks for a loss of 15 yards, while three-and-a-half were tackles for a loss of 22 yards.

Eric Nunez (Worcester State): In his team’s initial win of the season, Nunez recorded eighth total stops (six assists), including a pair of sacks for a loss of nine yards.

Joshua Onujiogu (Framingham State): Against Cortland last Saturday, Onujiogu tallied six total stops (three solo stops) and two-and-a-half sacks for a loss of 24 yards.

John Salute (Salve Regina): Salute concluded his team’s second game with seven total tackles (four solo stops) with four of those stops results in a loss of 27 yards.

Joe Surace (Curry): Surace concluded last Friday’s 15-7 win over MIT with five total tackles, including one sack and two tackles for a loss of three yards. Four of his five stops were solo tackles.

Kurtis Jolicoeur (Western New England): Against Westfield State, Jolicoeur recorded 10 total tackles (seven solo stops), one quarterback hurry and one pass break-up. Three-and-a-half of his tackle total resulted in a loss of 15 yards.

Marquez Walls (Dean): In his team’s initial game of the season against Husson, Walls registered 10 total tackles (six solo stops), one interception and one pass break-up.

Shahiem Wilson (Becker): Wilson was quite impressive against Worcester State, tallying 13 total stops (five solo tackles), one interception (three yard return) and a pair of pass break-ups. One of his 13 total stops resulted in a five-yard loss (tackle for a loss).

Special Teams

Jason Barrientos (Fitchburg State): Barrientos punted the ball six times against Castleton for 209 yards. His longest boot was 43 yards and three of his six punts landed inside the Castleton 20-yard line.

Stefano D’Emilia (Bridgewater State): Against Endicott, D’Emilia punted the ball eight times for a total of 275 yards (34.4 yards per punt). Three of his boots landed inside the Endicott 20-yard-line.

Jacob Guertler (Gallaudet): Against Greensboro, Guertler punted the ball five times for 134 yards – one of those boots landed inside his opponents 20-yard line. Guertler also recorded a trio of extra points, while tallying 225 yards on four kickoffs.

Noah Hwang (Worcester State): In his team’s first win of the season, Hwang recorded 12 points on three field goals and three extra points.

Matthew Murphy (SUNY Maritime): Against Massachusetts Maritime Academy last Friday evening, Murphy made sure the Privateers would secure the Chowder Cup by tallying 13 points with his left foot. Murphy was a perfect seven-for-seven, including three field goals with his longest boot coming from 39-yards out. Additionally, he tallied 473 yards on eight kickoffs, while recording 91 yards on a pair of punts with one of those boots landing inside the Buccaneers’ 20-yard line.